2019 Regional Champions

The 2019 Regional finals took place from the 16th October through to the 23rd October in each of 10 regions around NZ.

Students and ākonga from NZ schools and kura competed for the 2019 regional titles in all 4 levels of the 123Tech Challenge and the teams below have secured a spot in the National finals being held on the 5th December at the TSB Arena in Wellington.

Regional Winners

Region School Team Challenge Level 
Tai Tokerau/Northland Bream Bay College Team Leo Snr Secondary
Auckland Arahoe School Pheonix Discovery
Auckland Arahoe School Couch Potatoes First
Auckland Selwyn College Project JAM Secondary
Waikato Hamilton Girls School Team Virus Secondary
Waikato Morrinsville Intermediate School Thunderbolts First
Bay of Plenty Tahatai Coast School The Enviro Exponents First
Bay of Plenty John Paul College Shumbaleon Secondary
Hawkes Bay Te Wharau School Te Wharau Tech Masters Discovery
Hawkes Bay Clive School Team Talker First
Taranaki/Whangarei/Manawatu Manchester Street School Binary Bots Discovery
Taranaki/Whangarei/Manawatu Auroa Primary School Aurora Rangers First
Taranaki/Whangarei/Manawatu Sacred Heart Girls College New Plymouth Three Blind Mice Secondary
Taranaki/Whangarei/Manawatu Palmerston North Girls High School Flip a coin Snr Secondary
Wellington Brooklyn Primary School Binary Burrito Brains Discovery
Wellington Clyde Quay School Team RIF First
Wellington St Marys College Team ZEGZEG Secondary
Nelson Enner Glynn School The Road Blocksiens Discovery
Canterbury/Chatham Islands Marshland Primary School Toroabytes First
Canterbury/Chatham Islands St Margaret's College SKKogs Secondary
Otago/Southland Hawea Flat School Happy Hawea Discovery
Otago/Southland James Hargest College Karuwai First
Otago/Southland St Hildas Collegiate Little by little Secondary
Otago/Southland St Hildas Collegiate Canteen Coders Snr Secondary

Wildcard entries

Our judges were impressed with the calibre of projects that came through this year. On top of the regional winners, 4 wildcard National entries are awarded across New Zealand for teams who have excelled in all aspects of the Challenge. These teams get to compete for the National Title as well.
Region School Team Challenge Level 
Auckland Western Springs College Nick & Brian Snr Secondary
Taranaki/Whangarei/Manawatu Sacred Heart Girls College, New Plymouth Team SHGC- RED Snr Secondary
Auckland Westlake Girls High School Team STEAM 7 Secondary
Waikato Peach Grove School Eco Friends for life First

Regional Championships

The regional finals are where students get to showcase the amazing work they have been doing as part of Tahi Rua Toru Tech. Entering into the Regionals is optional but up to 2 teams per school at each level can participate. Schools can use whatever criteria you’d like to choose their teams.

Even if they haven’t completed their project, the opportunity to speak about their achievements and share their creative vision and journey with a friendly panel of regional industry and education experts will be a great learning experience. So we really urge all schools to come along and take part.


National Championships

The winning teams from the Regional Championship are invited to attend the National Championship on Thursday 5 December at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington, including free travel for the team and a chaperone.

The National Championship is an exciting gala event – a day of fun and discovery with visits to Te Papa, local innovative tech companies, talks and more, followed by the awards event.

The winning teams at the National Championship will win fame and fortune for their school, with extensive media reporting plus $11,000 of cash prizes!

  • Discovery level: $1000 cash to be shared amongst the students, plus $1000 for the school to be spent on digital technologies equipment.
  • First level: $1500 cash to be shared amongst the students, plus $1500 for the school to be spent on digital tech equipment.
  • Secondary level: $1500 cash to be shared amongst the students, plus $1500 for the school to be spent on digital tech equipment.
  • Senior Secondary level: $1500 cash to be shared amongst the students, plus $1500 for the school to be spent on digital tech equipment.